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Great British Railway Journeys: Reading to Taplow (BBC Two Tuesday 12 September 2023)

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Great British Railway Journeys: Reading to Taplow airs Tuesday 12 September 2023 on BBC Two.

What is this episode about

Michael Portillo resumes his riverboat trip down the Thames from Warwick to Rye with the help of his Edwardian Bradshaw’s Guide. In Reading, he explores the historical precedents for worker education. Henley-on-Thames is known for its annual regatta, and Michael hops aboard a launch to learn more about this spectacle. Enjoy some afternoon tea on the bank while learning about the lives of four heroes from the classic novel The Wind in the Willows, written in the early 20th century.

Michael visits the picturesque village of Cookham, which was an artist’s paradise, and the grand Italianate mansion at Cliveden, which belonged to the Astor family. Michael learns about Nancy Astor, the first woman to win a seat in Parliament.  

Series 10 Episode 12

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When can we see the episode

Great British Railway Journeys: Reading to Taplow airs Tuesday 12 September 2023 at 3.30pm on BBC Two

Featured Image Credit: BBC Two


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